DATE/VENUE CHANGE: February 2, 2017 12-1:00 PM
Nightingale Brown House, 357 Benefit St. Providence
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
JNBC will host lunch with food from Kabob and Curry
For more than 60 years, Paul Taylor has turned his choreographic lens on the United States. He is famous for dances that embody American ideals of democratic equality. But throughout his career, Taylor also has taken stock of the distance between our national mythology and the historical reality, warning of the corrosions of consumerism, the dangers of militarism, and the allure of demagogues. In this illustrated lecture, Taylor’s biographer Suzanne Carbonneau will look at how Taylor’s dances have chronicled both shining ideals and uncomfortable truths about America.
Presented in partnership with American Dance Legacy Initiative
FirstWorks celebrates Paul Taylor, America’s greatest living choreographer of the 20th and 21st centuries, through a season-long project connecting audiences with art, dance, music, and American history. In February 2017, Mr. Taylor will be “in-residence” with his namesake Paul Taylor Dance Company to debut a new work in Providence prior to its three-week run at Lincoln Center in New York City. Taylor’s visionary work will be explored through a series of workshops, lectures, conversations, films, and performances beginning in October 2016.
A Widening the Circle initiative developed by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, along with partners including the Brown University Orchestra, RISD Museum, Jamestown Arts Center and Cable Car Cinema.